While there are plenty of window contractors who are capable and honest, some can be manipulative and deceitful. Here’s a look at some of the common window replacement scams and how you can avoid being deceived by them.
Window Scams and Manipulative Sales Tactics
Window installers who engage in manipulative sales tactics can make any window replacement project seem overwhelming. We list a few examples of certain scams you should know about:
Buy X, get X free. Window contractors may offer a “buy one, get one free” deal, which may seem very tempting. Although these offers can be real, there may be other times where homeowners will end up paying more than they anticipated because the contractor covered up costs.
Suspiciously low prices. If the prices look too good to be true, they probably are. Dishonest contractors usually present buyers with low prices, but in reality, they neglect extra charges such as the installation. Make sure to read the fine print to avoid missing any crucial information.
Bait and switch. In this manipulative sales tactic, contractors will offer you one type of replacement window, and once you’ve agreed to the deal, they’ll change it. They may say they’re using windows of a similar type or style. Take caution anytime you agree to one thing and the contractor makes significant changes.
How to Avoid Being Scammed
When you are in the market for replacement windows, always consider working with a reputable window company that can offer top-notch products and provide excellent workmanship. To determine if a company is the right fit for your needs, check out the prospective contractor’s reviews from previous clients. Ask friends, family members or colleagues for recommendations. Once you’ve settled on a window company, be sure to put everything in writing, including the work agreement and the final estimate.
At Renewal by Andersen® of Sacramento, our team of experienced design consultants and installers is happy to guide you through the window replacement process, making sure it is as smooth and hassle-free as possible. Call us today at (916) 779-5800 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve homeowners in and around Sacramento, CA.